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A 'Next actions' question -GTD newbie question

Hi all ,
After reading most of the "getting things done " book , there is one thing that I don't really understand as far as Next actions are concerned.

Let's say that I have a project which is to mail some books to a friend of mine .So first I need to get her adress :this contains of an action of emailing her ,then waiting for her reply.
Then there's the action of packing the books [@home ] and then there's an "errands" type of action of going to the post office and mailing it.

What I can't figure out ,is whether I should have all those listed as next actions in their separate contexts ,for the same project ,at the same time -ort should I enter the first action,then complete it ,and only then add the next action to it's context? I mean ,in most cases there are numerous and dependent actions in a project ,which belong to different contexts,right?

I'm using the "nextaction" tracking tool for managing my next actions,and there's no way of defining dependency there -but the mail question is ,how is this supposed to work,the real-GTD way?

Thanks :)

akapulko2020's picture

Your suggestion seems logical enough...

Your suggestion seems logical enough -I've also just realized that I was trying to adapt to the way my software works and "bend" the GTD for it ..which doesnt sound the smartest way to go ...

Berko wrote:
Also keep in mind that your list of actions are only options for specific contexts. When you look at your list of @Errands for instance and you see drop off books at PO, you simply say, "Nope, not today. I still have to get $friend . "'s" address and box them up." and choose something else from the list that you can do.

I was using Kinkless GTD which is from the site I linked to above but Emory converted me to a lofi hPDA solution and it is working great for me. I still use iCal and Address Book for their respective functions for the ease of use for sorting and editing, etc. But, for NAs and Project planning, I am drinking the lofi kool-aid. There are a lot of apps linked on the boards here and on the 43folders google group. Keep in mind, a lot of this is Mac specific, but a quick search should yield some Windows tools if that's your speed.




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